A lot of us are looking back at which series are the most memorable this year for a variety of reasons – the quality of the storytelling, originality, niche gimmicks (moé, lolita, Shōtarō-characters, A Drill That Will Pierce Through The Heavens, unnatural boob measurements, etc.), and all that other shit. HOWEVER! To me, what really makes or breaks a series in being truly memorable, it all depends on the characters. In most cases, I would probably remember a series for a lifetime based solely on the characters (or a specific character) rather than the quality of the storyline or how deep it is (of course, if it’s THAT good than it’ll probably be the other way around!). The story could be utter crap for all I care and I’d still remember it if I really like the cast and their character dynamics. In my opinion, if an anime/manga has a story/concept that’s as cliché or horrible as saving a princess who gets her butt kidnapped by an evil witch/evil giant turtle yet has some top-notched character dynamics, then it would probably rank at the top of my list of favorite anime. Likewise, if the story is built FANTASTICALLY yet the characters are flat out boring, then it wouldn’t leave as much of an impression on me despite it having an excellent plot.
Or the character could be just be an utter jackass and the series will be memorable based on how much I wanted to shove a knife down their throat and throw him/her (most likely a HIM…) into a pit of acid…
To get down to business, this post will chronicle some of the characters that has made a big impression on me this year. Based on categories ranging from good to bad to OMG I WANT TO RIP HIS EYES OUT THAT DAMN MAKOTO, the cutest to the most inspiring to THE MOST SUPERLY AWESOME BADASS THAT HAS EVER WALKED DOWN THE PATH OF ANIMU… You name it.
(I’m obviously leaving Bacanno! out of this, since honestly, I can’t choose just one notable person from its large cast of characters)
The preparations for the Seishuu Festivals begins, along with Wilhelmina’s return to Misaki City, revealing Yuji’s inevitable fate: the creator of the Reiji Maigo is stll alive, and being the memento of her lover… The Beautiful Whim, Pheles will soon appear to take it back.
Wilhelmina also fins out about Yuji’s silver flame. However, it seems that The Silver has nothing to do his current predicament…
We’re slowly getting closer and closer to the more better parts of Shana in this series… hopefully (in the case of the anime). And they better be animated good! I’m slowly starting to notice the increase in badly drawn faces as the episodes go by this season – when I saw the GOOD animation during the brief flashbacks to the first series in this episode, I literally started to cry. Get your act together, animation people!
(Heh, Ike gets abused in this episode. Actually, he gets abused a lot. Poor Ike. ^^;;)
I remembered that old promotional video for the release of Gyakuten Saiban Yomigaeru Gyakuten (the remake of Gyakuten Saiban 1 for the DS in Japan, and the first Phoenix Wright game released for English-speaking audiences). The FUNNIEST thing ever. What people liked about that promo was its witty (almost parody-like to the franchise) script – making it a very good promo for a video game. But what made it unique to PW fans – something that’s absent from the actual game (besides the non-murder case) – was really the voice acting.
When I first saw this promo, the chemistry of the voice cast was really superb… and then I began thinking: “What if there was an anime adaption of Phoenix Wright?”
Finally… Real!Syaoran enters the dream world using Seishirō’s reality-altering feather to recover Sakura’s soul (and we find out that Seishirō was going to give Syaoran the feather anyway and was just messing with him lol). However, Clone!Syaoran warps into that dimension too (and as he was entering the dream world, Watanuki, in yet another short connection to ×××Holic, disappears from it) and demands Real!Syaoran to hand over the feather to him.
After a tremendous battle… Real!Syaoran is now in flames and is on the verge of death (;;), with Sakura yelling “SYAORAN!!!” (notice the lack of suffix? T_T *is a Clone!SyaoranxSakura fan*).
At first glance, it seems Clone!Syaoran definitely has no hopes of returning to the way he was before the seal on his right eye was broken after this stunt (;;) . However… (SPOILERS AHEAD)
Well, Yuri died. A shame too, I thought he was a likable character, in a sense that he was really one of the only Flame Haze that fought (… uh, had a fight) for the sake of humanity.
And wow, I must say that Margery’s flashbacks of the Silver Tomogara were pretty savage.
Yuji conjurs up a silver (Hmm… Hmmmmm… *cough* *cough*) Fuzetsu… Interesting.
Nice, first episode in a while that made me wet my pants in excitement. It seems Yuji’s father returns next episode (I DON’T CONSIDER THIS A SPOILER BECAUSE IT’S FILLED WITH OBVIOUSNESS FOLKS), so I’m thankful that this might mean that there’ll be less focus of the Yuji/Shana/Kazumi/Konoe love-square during this period.
Well, since I haven’t been blogging in like, over a month – I could just skip over to the most recent episode I’ve watched… but it wouldn’t feel complete. So, I’ve taken the easy way out (clumping them all together, except episode 8 – being the recent episode I’ve watched). I’ll do the same for CLANNAD some time later. As for Minami-ke… I forgot to watch it since episode 1 due to school work (which means I’ll blog it from episode 2 and onwards). But, onto business.